Apr 24, 2014 - 11:03 am .- Pope Francis rebuked Christians who are “afraid of joy” and “mournful,” encouraging them to remember that Jesus Christ accompanies them.
Apr 24, 2014 - 05:14 am .- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details – and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.”
Apr 23, 2014 - 04:08 pm .- At a conference held at the Vatican Wednesday, a scholar on Bl. John XXIII and the Pope's one-time butler both spoke about his kindness and charity ahead of his canonization, which will occur April 27 along with that of John Paul II.
Apr 23, 2014 - 06:26 am .- The postulators of the canonization causes for both John Paul II and John XXIII told journalists at the Vatican that the soon-to-be-saints also had faults which show their “humanity.”
Apr 23, 2014 - 05:22 am .- During his general audience Wednesday Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how his resurrection invites us to reject sin and open ourselves to joy and hope.
Apr 22, 2014 - 04:29 am .- The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of priestly service, a cardinal who worked with both of the pontiffs stressed.
Apr 22, 2014 - 04:22 am .- Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will also release stamps honoring Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII for their canonization.
Apr 22, 2014 - 12:08 am .- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis.
Apr 21, 2014 - 11:46 am .- Pope Francis on Monday exhorted the Christian faithful to spread the joy of Easter to others.
Apr 20, 2014 - 05:45 am .- In his Easter “urbi et orbi” Easter message “to the city and the world,” Pope Francis focused on the victory of love brought about through Christ’s death and resurrection.
Apr 19, 2014 - 02:11 pm .- In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus' resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew.
Apr 18, 2014 - 11:17 am .- In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, Papal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin.
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:49 pm .- During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate.
Apr 17, 2014 - 04:54 am .- In his homily given during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly vocation, saying a cleric “is useless” unless his happiness is found in the grace of God.
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:02 am .- John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, are “bound together” by their love for addressing the world in conversation, a cardinal who worked with them both has said.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:35 pm .- Pope Francis is contributing to the fight against human trafficking by making the matter a frequent point of public discourse, says a U.S. ambassador who specializes in the subject.
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:25 am .- Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will publish a new webpage highlighting the emphasis both pontiffs placed on the role of women.
Apr 16, 2014 - 05:00 am .- In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us.
Apr 16, 2014 - 04:03 am .- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:01 am .- The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement which will be made to the U.N. next month is routine, and a part of its obligations as a signatory to the treaty.
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